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Five ways to ease the family stress of a child with a mental-health challenge

Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative between CAMH, the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, writes in the Globe and Mail about ways families can ease the stress of raising a child with a mental-health challenge:

Raising a child with a mental-health challenge, an addiction or a developmental disability can be very stressful. Feelings of stress can erupt at any moment; at the grocery store, family gatherings, meetings with teachers. Parents of these children are often faced with comments such as “There is something wrong with that kid,” “You must be an awful parent to cause such lousy behaviour,” and “Why can’t you handle your own children?”

Click here to read the rest of Dr. Peter Szatmari's column in the Globe and Mail 

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